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2012 Predictions: Macworld's annual forecast of the year ahead

Macworld Staff | Jan. 9, 2012
At the end of every year, we take the requisite look back, and the end of 2011 was no exception—we reviewed the year in iOS, the year in Mac, Apple’s financial performance, the year in quotes, and Macworld’s most read and most loved and loathed stories.

Mac OS X: Not much. Having delivered Lion in mid-2011, Apple will probably show some new features at WWDC, but heck if The Macalope has any idea what they should be. You know, sometimes if you have nothing to say it’s better to just say nothing at all rather than make things up. But it probably wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Mac OS X will take on more aspects of its diminutive sibling [We assume "diminutive sibling" means iOS here, but knowing The Macalope, it could be a subtle dig at...something.—Ed.].

iOS: Despite calls by silly pundits for a complete makeover of iOS, Apple will realize the best-selling smartphone’s needs are more evolutionary than revolutionary. iOS 6 will be denounced as a ho-hum upgrade that fails to somehow magically bring 4G to older phones, etc., but what it will bring are features that appeal to users rather than technologists. iPhones and iPads will continue to sell briskly.

Hardware: The next iPhone will feature a new form factor and the world will heave a great sigh of relief that Apple finally delivered the phone they should have in October 2011. And then we’ll go through the whole “alternate-year Apple device disappoints spec-crazy nimrods” rigamarole, as if the entire class of technology pundits suffered blows to the head as small children and can’t remember anything from more than six months ago. Come to think of it, that would explain a lot.

Pie-in-the-sky wish: An Apple TV set. Sure, the rumor mill has this down as so solid you can bet the kids’ college fund on it but, seriously, who’s going to take your Transformers comic books as collateral in a bet? Oh, bagged and boarded you say? Mint condition? Go on… Anyway, even if Apple is working on a television, there’s no guarantee it will come in 2012. But while others scoff at where Apple might provide value in this category, the Macalope believes there is more in Heaven and Earth and Cupertino than is dreamt of in their philosophies.

What are your Apple predictions for 2012? Let us know in the comments.


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